Can someone help me with the origin and meaning of the surname Pensak? The oldest record of it that I have is as a Jewish surname from the Polish part of Galicia in the 1800's.I've posted about it before but without much success. Hoping some new eyes will see it this time! Thanks!
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Pensak looks a lot like Penzag which according to the dictionary Jewish Family Names and Their Origins is a variant of Penzig, the origin being the placename Penzig in Poland. The surname Pensak was also written Penzik in the same family as you can see at You'll also find the form Penzak at
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Oh, thank you!!! mNow I want to know what Penzig / Piensk means. :) It fits perfectly historically, because there was a migration from the Gorlitz, Germany area (near Penzig) to the Gorlice, Poland area (from where the immigrants to American came) during a major Jewish migration in the middle ages. This is the most promising etymology yet.

This message was edited by the author 8/25/2009, 8:28 PM

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